'Lone Star' actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55

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Actress Elizabeth Pena in a scene from the motion picture Lone Star. (Photo by Alan Pappe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Actors (L-R) Chris Cooper and Elizabeth Pena holding hands and chatting in a scene from the film Lone Star (Photo by Alan Pappe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Actors (L-R) Elizabeth Pena and Chris Cooper chatting in a scene from the film Lone Star (Photo by Alan Pappe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
(L-R) Actors Chris Cooper & Elizabeth Pena in scene fr. movie Lone Star (Photo by Alan Pappe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Actors Chris Cooper and Elizabeth Pena in a scene from the motion picture Lone Star. (Photo by Alan Pappe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Pena in a scene from the film Lone Star (Photo by Alan Pappe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
273158 10: Actress Elizabeth Pena attends the New York premiere of the film 'Lone Star' June 10, 1996 in New York City. The acclaimed film, directed by John Sayles, was shown at a benefit gala on the opening night of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
273158 13: Actress Elizabeth Pena attends the New York premiere of the film 'Lone Star' June 10, 1996 in New York City. The acclaimed film, directed by John Sayles, was shown at a benefit gala on the opening night of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 10: Actress Elizabeth Pena attends the Seventh Annual Human Rights Watch International Film Festival Special Screening of 'Lone Star' on June 10, 1996 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 03: Elizabeth Pena arrives at the Los Angeles premiere 'Nothing Like The Holidays' at the Grauman's Chinese Theater on December 3, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Elizabeth Pena arrives at the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards in a tent on the beach on February 26, 2005 in Santa Monica. California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2008 file photo, Elizabeth Pena poses as she arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of "Nothing Like the Holidays," in Los Angeles. The "La Bamba" and "Lone Star" actress Pena, 55, has died. Pena's manager, Gina Rugolo, said the actress died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Actress Elizabeth Pena arrives at the launching of DirecTV Mas New Optimo Mas Bilingual Programming Package to benefit East LA Classic Theater with the presentation of Carlos Mencia's 'To Be of Not To Be' at the Conga Room inside LA Live complex, on May 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by JC Olivera/LatinContent/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - AUGUST 22: Actress Tovah Feldshuh and actress Elizabeth Pena attend the 'Crossover Dreams' New York City Premiere Party on August 22, 1985 at El Corso Restaurant in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 22: Actress Elizabeth Pena attends the 'Chain of Desire' Hollywood Premiere on June 22, 1993 at Cineplex Odeon Fairfax in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 3: Actress Elizabeth Pena attends the First Annual Latino Classical Repertory Benefit Gala on May 3, 1993 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
Actress Elizabeth Pena at private screening of Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder. (Photo by Robin Platzer/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Elizabeth Pena (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Elizabeth Pena (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 22: Actress Elizabeth Pena speaks on stage during the 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards on March 22, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 22: Actress Elizabeth Pena attends the 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards on March 22, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Pena during 55th Annual Writers Guild of America West Awards - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Elizabeth Pena during 2005 Sundance Film Festival - 'How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer' Portraits at HP Portrait Studio in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Georgina Garcia Riedel, director and writer, America Ferrera and Elizabeth Pena (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 03: Actress Elizabeth Pena arrives at the premiere of Overture Films' 'Nothing Like The Holidays' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 3, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Overture Films)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - "La Bamba" and "Lone Star" actress Elizabeth Pena has died. She was 55.

Pena's manager, Gina Rugolo, says the actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided.

Pena's career spanned four decades and included roles in films like "Rush Hour," ''Jacob's Ladder" and "Free Willy 2." She also appeared on such TV shows as "L.A. Law," ''Dream On," ''Resurrection Blvd." and "Modern Family," where she played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria.

She also provided her voice to "The Incredibles," the "Justice League" cartoon series and "American Dad."

Pena recently played the mother of the title character on the El Rey Network drama "Matador."

She is survived by her husband, two children, mother and sister.

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